Heidi Shierholz

Heidi Shierholz

Heidi Shierholz leads the Economic Policy Institutes’ Perkins Project on Worker Rights and Wages, a policy response team that tracks the Trump administration’s wage and employment policies. She also heads EPI’s efforts to advance a worker-centered policy agenda.

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A worker at Mother Hubbards Cupboard, a food pantry in partnership with the Hoosier Hills Foodbank, distributes food to people experiencing food insecurity, during the Covid-19-Coronavirus national emergency in Bloomington. .Amanda Nickey, President and CEO at Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, said she'd already seen more people arriving for emergency food after the mass layoffs of local workers during the COVID-19/Coronavirus emergency in Indiana. (Photo: Jeremy Hogan / Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images Views
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Never Seen Anything Like This: Unemployment Claims Jumped Nearly 1500% in Two Weeks
W e just got the first piece of government labor market data that really shows—in a breathtaking manner—the impact the coronavirus shock is having on the labor market. The data are last week’s initial unemployment insurance (UI) claims . Initial UI claims jumped from 211,000 three weeks ago to 282,...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks to reporters following the Senate Republican policy luncheon on March 10, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images) Views
Monday, March 23, 2020
Any Industry Bailout Package Must Include Meaningful Protections for Working People and Guardrails Against Corporate Greed
This week, Congress continues to negotiate a fiscal stimulus package to help ease the economic shock of the coronavirus. In these negotiations, it is critical that lawmakers establish strong conditions for industry bailouts. Working families, not just shareholders and corporate executives, must...
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By summer, millions will likely be laid off, or not hired when they otherwise would have been. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Increase in Unemployment Insurance Claims Is a Preview of the Coming Recession
Initial unemployment insurance (UI) claims for the week ending last Saturday, March 14th showed an increase in initial UI claims of 70,000 from the prior week—from 211,000 to 281,000. This was the first official labor market data release to show the early signs of the coronavirus shock. Prior to...
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All measures to fight the coronavirus should automatically continue until the economy no longer needs them. (Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Though Crucial First Step, Senate Coronavirus Bill Only Fraction of What's Urgently Needed
Family First Coronavirus Response Act is an important first step in the United States’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Senate should pass it immediately. There are provisions for both health spending and paid sick leave as well as income supports in the form of expanded food-assistance...
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New data shows a grim outlook for U.S. jobs. The answer is more unions. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)  Views
Friday, September 06, 2019
The Future of U.S. Jobs Looks Bleak. Unions Are the Answer.
We were just handed a wake-up call. Newly released numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics project that six of the ten occupations expected to have the most total job growth over the next decade pay less than $27,000 a year. Three of those six are low-paying jobs in the restaurant industry...
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People gather together to ask the McDonald’s corporation to raise workers wages to a $15 minimum wage as well as demanding the right to a union on May 23, 2019 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The nation wide protest at McDonald’s was held on the day of the company’s shareholder meeting. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Views
Monday, July 08, 2019
CBO Report Shows Broad Benefits From $15 Federal Minimum Wage
On Monday afternoon, Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report assessing the economic impact of raising the minimum wage to $15 in 2025 in six steps (this is a similar policy to the Raise the Wage Act , which would increase the minimum wage to $15 in 2024). The key fact coming out of the...
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Demonstrators rally in support of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. (Photo: United Healthcare Workers East–Maryland/DC Division) Views
Thursday, April 04, 2019
The PHASE-in $15 Act Would Lock in Low Wages for Millions of Workers
T he Paying Hourly Americans Stronger Earnings (PHASE)-in $15 Wage Act, which would establish regional minimum wages throughout the country, would do little more than lock in low wages for millions of workers in parts of the country where large national employers pay as little as they can get away...
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Sunday, August 12, 2018
Missourians See 'Right-to-Work' for What It Is: An Assault on Workers
By a two-to-one margin, Missouri voters voted down a so-called “right-to-work” (RTW) law on Tuesday. This is great news for working Missourians and the unions that represent them, as well as anyone whose living depends on the money Missourians spend in their local economy. Despite the name, RTW...
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"The only silver lining of the Trump presidency is that his unique unlikability has made more Americans pay attention to policy debates. And when Americans pay attention, it turns out they really don’t like the conservative Republican agenda." (Photo: AP) Views
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Year One of the Trump Administration: Normalizing Itself By Working For the Top 1 Percent
Tonight, President Trump is set to deliver his first State of the Union speech, in which he will likely provide a triumphalist account of the economic policy changes made during the first year of his presidency. But despite big talk on the campaign trail about how he would stand up for the...
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Banning consumer class actions lets financial institutions keep hundreds of millions of dollars that would otherwise go back to harmed consumers—and Wells Fargo seems to have harmed huge numbers of consumers. Views
Monday, October 02, 2017
Forced Arbitration is Bad For Consumers
Many financial institutions use forced arbitration clauses in their contracts to block consumers with disputes from banding together in court, instead requiring consumers to argue their cases separately in private arbitration proceedings. Embattled banking giant, Wells Fargo, made headlines by...
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